MPs warn against 'All lane running' motorway schemes

A committee of MPs has warned that motorway hard shoulders should not be used as permanent driving lanes.

In a new report report, the Transport Select Committee says Government should not proceed with 'All lane running' (ALR) schemes while major safety concerns exist.

In 'All lane running', the hard shoulder is used as a lane of traffic on smart motorways. Previous schemes have only used the hard shoulder at peak times or to deal with congestion.

There are currently just over 80 miles of ALR open to traffic, including on sections of the M25, but that figure is set to rise to around 300.

The Committee disagreed that ALR schemes are a 'logical extension' of existing schemes, instead concluding that the permanent loss of the hard shoulder was a 'radical change.'